PAINESVILLE, Ohio—Jamil Dudley and Michael Morris combined for 41 points as the Lake Erie College men's basketball team held off a late Wayne State University rally to pick up a 72-67 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) win Thursday (Jan. 22) in Painesville.
The Storm lived from the three-point line, hitting 15-of-30 of their attempts.
The Warriors jumped out to an 8-3 lead but a transition three-pointer by Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) cut the lead to two. The Storm continued to shoot well beyond the arc, with Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) and Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) hitting threes, but the Warriors held a 15-12 advantage seven minutes in. Following a timeout, the Storm tied the game at 17 on the back of five points by Morris. Nick Deitsch (Lewis Center, Ohio/Orange) hit a three following a media timeout to give the Storm a three-point lead. Morris then hit his third three-pointer to extend the lead to six. After the Warriors stopped the Storm's run, Collin Barth (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) found Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) in transition for a thunderous dunk. In the final five minutes of the half, the Storm's lead grew to as much as ten as they took a 33-28 lead into the locker room.
Morris led the Storm with 11 points in the opening half, hitting three-of-four three-pointers. Dudley had eight in the opening half. Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) scored five in the first. The Storm hit 10-of-23 (43.5%) of their shots, including eight-of-15 (53.3%) of their threes.
The Storm increased their lead to 11, 41-30, to open the second half, with four points coming from Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Grove). The Warriors cut the Storm lead to five but Dudley found Steve Walczak (Columbus, Ohio/Olentangy) down low to increase the lead to seven five minutes in. After a media timeout, Morris continued to fire well from the three-point line, hitting two straight three-pointers to give the Storm their biggest lead of the game, 54-40. The Warriors cut the Storm lead to 11 with nine minutes to play. The teams exchanged baskets for the next five minutes, with Wayne State trimming the lead to nine with less than five minutes to play. A pair of free-throws followed by a quick lay-up cut the lead to five with four minutes on the clock.
Dudley hit a big three-pointer to take the lead up to eight. Wayne State hit a lay-up to cut the lead to six with just over a minute to play. After the Storm missed a three-pointer, the Warriors hit one of their own to bring the lead down to three. Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) extended the Storm lead to four with a free-throw. The Warriors missed a shot on the other end and sent Bosley to the line for the Storm. He hit one of the attempts which proved to be enough to seal the win for the Storm.
Dudley led the Storm with 21 points, hitting seven-of-11 shots and four-of-seven three-pointers. Morris also hit seven-of-11 shots and was six-of-nine from the three point line. He also grabbed five rebounds and had three steals to go with his 20 points. Bosley ended the game with nine points and a team-high six rebounds. Bosley, Deitsch and Barth had four assists each.
The Storm shot 49.0% (25-of-51) for the game and 50.0% (15-of-30) from beyond the arc. As a team, they had nine steals and three blocks. The Storm bench scored 30 points.
The Storm is back in action Saturday, playing host to the University of Findlay in GLIAC action.